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Eskom unveils new nuclear operator training programme with formal launch

By: Keith Campbell     9th June 2016 National electricity utility Eskom has announced that it started training some 100 recruits as nuclear operators on May 1. This Nuclear Project 100 initiative was formally launched on Thursday by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown. The training is taking place at the Koeberg nuclear power... 

NDP important to tackle unemployment, poverty – Ramaphosa 

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2016 The Gauteng provincial government has seen that inclusive growth can only be realised if there is a partnership and collaboration between government, labour and business, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. He added that collaboration between all stakeholders had put the province... 

NDP important to tackle unemployment, poverty – Ramaphosa
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Youth unemployment should be declared a state of emergency – Makhura

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2016 Unemployment among the youth is a ticking time bomb, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Gauteng Economic Indaba, in Johannesburg, he noted that the number of young people who were unable to find or engage in productive economic activities was increasing and... 

Youth unemployment should be declared a state of emergency – Makhura
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Gauteng Premier David Makhura

South Africa must grow its small business community – economist  

By: Ilan Solomons     31st May 2016 It is impossible for South Africa to be economically successful without a much bigger, more vibrant small business community. It is an area of the economy that has huge potential to create many much-needed job opportunities, financial services provider Stanlib economist Kevin Lings told attendees... 

South Africa must grow its small business community – economist
Stanlib economist Kevin Lings discusses the importance of the small business sector to the future of the South African economy. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 31.5.2016

Innovation and creativity to typify next generation of jobs

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2016 Children currently in primary school will not be expected to master specific skills once they enter the workplace, but apply knowledge and design new systems and solutions, says consulting engineering firm Aurecon digital advisory leader Gavin Cotterill. Workers in 15 to 20 years’ time must be... 

Innovation and creativity to typify next generation of jobs
Photo by CSIR Meraka
NEXT-GENERATION WORKFORCE Workers in 15 to 20 years’ time must be taught how to be interpreters and translators between the digital world and the real world

Adcorp reports FY earnings up 17%, despite labour law changes

By: Anine Kilian     25th May 2016 Despite changes made to South African labour laws in the past financial year, diversified workforce management and business process outsourcing company Adcorp saw a 17% increase in group revenues increased by 17% to R15.6-billion for the year ended February 29. The group also saw a slight... 

Adcorp reports FY earnings up 17%, despite labour law changes

Half a million construction workers could be at risk

By: News24Wire      25th May 2016 About 500 000 workers are risking their lives on construction sites that do not comply with health and safety laws, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Tuesday. As much as 40% of the industry did not comply with these laws, which translated to about 5 000 construction sites across the country. 

Half a million construction workers could be at risk
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

BCCEI calls for engagement with small struggling contractors

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2016 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) on Monday urged smaller contractors unable to comply with all the provisions of the civil engineering sectors’ collective agreements under the statutory body to check if they were eligible for exemption. Five collective agreements,... 

South Africa’s economy at a crossroads, Sunter warns  

By: David Oliveira     20th May 2016 The Swiss-based International Institute of Management Development’s 2015 ‘World Competitiveness Report’ (WCR) ranked South Africa’s economy 53 out of 63, highlighting that the country’s economy remains a significant player in the global economy, said futurologist Clem Sunter during the 95-year... 

South Africa’s economy at a crossroads, Sunter warns
Futurologist Clem Sunter discusses the challenges faced by South Africa’s economy. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

South African, Indian electronics associations ink skills transfer agreement

By: Kim Cloete     19th May 2016 The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) on Thursday signed an agreement with the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) to boost business opportunities and transfer skills between India and Africa. The two organisations would work together to boost... 

South African, Indian electronics associations ink skills transfer agreement

Bill to aid retrenched workers gets one step closer

By: News24Wire      19th May 2016 The Unemployment Insurance Act amendment bill is one step closer to becoming a reality after it was passed in the National Assembly on Thursday. The bill, which was introduced by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, was widely supported as a safety net for those who lose their jobs. 

Bill to aid retrenched workers gets one step closer
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Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Zuma says high unemployment is part of apartheid legacy 

By: African News Agency      17th May 2016 South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday told Parliament that rampant unemployment had its roots in apartheid because the white regime denied black people education. In response to a question from Democratic Alliance (DA) finance spokesperson David Maynier, Zuma replied that joblessness was... 

Zuma says high unemployment is part of apartheid legacy
President Jacob Zuma

CSIR launches biomanufacturing facility to support local bio-industry

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) facility at the CSIR’s main campus in Pretoria. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise support... 

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Department of Public Works’ (DPW’s) Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) should be focused on delivering projects in rural areas using labour-intensive construction (LIC) methods if it is to meet its objective of providing poverty and income relief for six-million South Africans by 2019.... 

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

Bridging the gap between strategy and execution key for business success

By: Anine Kilian     5th May 2016 It takes a coherent company to successfully and sustainably close the gap between strategy and execution in Africa, and one of the key factors in doing so is unconventional leadership, which is needed to foster the behavior required of coherent companies, according to PwC partner Jorje Camarate.... 

Bridging the gap between strategy and execution key for business success

South Africa faces retrenchment crisis – Solidarity 

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th April 2016 With South Africa facing a direct “jobs bloodbath”, the peripheral consequences in the wake of the retrenchment of some 60 000 workers would be five times the impact expected, a new report by trade union Solidarity revealed on Tuesday. The current pattern and wave of retrenchments was a greater... 

South Africa faces retrenchment crisis – Solidarity
Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann

Oliphant issues final warning for non-EE compliant companies

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th April 2016 With the transformation of the top companies in the private sector significantly less advanced than in the public sector, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Monday warned companies to pull up their socks or face penalties under the Employment Equity Act. The sixteenth Commission for Employment... 

Oliphant issues final warning for non-EE compliant companies
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Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2016 Gold miner Vantage Goldfields, which operates the Mpumalanga-based Lily mine where three miners have been trapped underground since February 4, has announced that its subsidiary MIMCO, which owns the mine, officially entered business rescue on Thursday. In a statement released on Thursday, the... 

Lily mine enters business rescue, Solidarity reacts to move

Think tank calls for expert panel to study relationship between growth and transformation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2016 A domestic policy think tank called this week for the creation of a “blue ribbon commission” to study the relationship between growth and economic transformation in South Africa and to make recommendations as to how opportunities for black business could be expanded in a way that encouraged... 

Think tank calls for expert panel to study relationship between growth and transformation
CDE executive director Ann Bernstein

Metrorail granted interdict against train strike

By: Reuters     7th April 2016 An interdict has been granted to avert a train strike led by the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) from going ahead, Metrorail said on Thursday. But defective signals and cable theft resulted in delays between ten minutes and one hour on the southern and northern lines. 

Metrorail granted interdict against train strike

City of Johannesburg hopes to end strike by Friday

By: African News Agency      7th April 2016 The City of Johannesburg on Wednesday explained why the boss at its waste-management entity, Pikitup, has was not been suspended despite a litany of charges preferred against her by the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu). Pikitup MD Amanda Nair, is accused of corruption by Samwu, whose members... 

City of Johannesburg hopes to end strike by Friday

Oliphant warns agri employers against noncompliance with new minimum wage

By: Samantha Herbst     4th April 2016 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has cautioned against the “disingenuous practice” of farm and forest employers who are not complying with the recently upwardly adjusted minimum wages. Many employers were reportedly paying workers far less than the current stipulated minimum wages, which they... 

Oliphant warns agri employers against noncompliance with new minimum wage
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years

By: Samantha Herbst     30th March 2016 Leveraging the Western Cape’s reputation as the “digital gateway to Africa” and a growing platform for new entrepreneurs, provincial Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde on Wednesday recommitted his department to further promoting job creation in an effort to add over 300 000 jobs to the... 

WC to create 300 000 new jobs in the next five years
Alan Winde

DTI highlights Black Industrialists Programme as important intervention 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th March 2016 South Africa’s Black Industrialists Programme, spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is an important intervention that will contribute to changing the country’s industrial landscape, said DTI Industrial Development Incentive Administration Division deputy director-general... 

DTI highlights Black Industrialists Programme as important intervention

90% of technical college graduates get jobs – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      29th March 2016 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that almost 90% of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college graduates were guaranteed jobs. Ramaphosa was speaking at the Human Resource Development Council [HRDC] summit in Johannesburg on Tuesday. 

90% of technical college graduates get jobs – Ramaphosa
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

AfDB to put up $1.1bn for Tanzania’s transformation to inclusive, green growth

By: David Oliveira     25th March 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced last month that it will support Tanzania’s economic transformation to inclusive and green growth through an indicative concessional resource assistance package estimated at more than $1.1-billion over a five-year period. The support package is... 

Bittersweet report leads to prompt response from sugar company

     25th March 2016 A report regarding sustainability issues in sugar cane production by the independent, not-for-profit research and network organisation Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) has rapped the Malawian division of South African sugar producer Illovo over the knuckles over issues... 

Sugar mill focuses on skills development

     25th March 2016 South African sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s new technical academy located at the Eston sugar mill, in KwaZulu-Natal, will soon see large portions of the company’s agricultural, factory and management personnel attend a combination of intense in-classroom and on-the-job training to deliver... 

Sugar mill focuses on  skills development
Photo by Bloomberg
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The academy also presents the opportunity to extend the company’s agricultural programmes

EPWP celebrates a decade of implementation

By: Anine Kilian     18th March 2016 The South African Cities Network, in collaboration with the Department of Public Works, has launched its Expanded Public Works Programme: Reflections over a Decade, a book reflecting on the decade-long implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) in South Africa.   EPWP was a key... 

Russian, SA unions differ on nuclear job opportunities 

By: News24Wire      18th March 2016 A Russian nuclear union that is keen to win labour support for South Africa's new build programme will have a tough job winning over trade federation Cosatu. The campaign is part of Rosatom’s bid to win the 9.6 GW nuclear build programme, which is planned to take place from 2023 to 2030. 

Russian, SA unions differ on nuclear job opportunities

Finance house assists with small business growth

By: Dylan Slater     18th March 2016 Through financial services provider Sanlam’s enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programme, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have experienced an average of 19% growth in revenue in the past two years.  

New codes to catalyse transformation

By: Dylan Slater     18th March 2016 Compliance with the new Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice needs to be widespread if further youth uprisings are to be averted, thereby enabling South Africa to build additional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and triggering transformation and growing... 

New codes to catalyse transformation
Photo by Duane Daws
BBBEE CODES The biggest change in the new codes is a sub minimum of 40% compliance for all categories

Minimum wage no panacea to S Africa’s economic problems – Roodt

By: Ilan Solomons     15th March 2016 With the South African government intending to soon introduce a minimum wage across all industry sectors to ensure workers receive a “living wage” and to address current wage inequalities, Efficient Group chief economist Dawie Roodt has raised concerns about the implications such a measure would... 

Minimum wage no panacea to S Africa’s economic problems – Roodt
Dawie Roodt

Attendance at festival expected to increase

By: Lynne Jackson     11th March 2016 This year’s Harvest Festival is set to take place at Leriba Hotel and Spa, in Centurion, from April 30 to May 2, with 4 000 visitors a day expected to attend. “The festival is a culinary journey, complemented by more than eighty award-winning wine farms, such as Arra Vineyards, Excelsior Wine... 

Attendance at festival expected to increase
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WINING AND DININGRepresentatives of more than 80 award-winning wine farms will convene at the festival

Collective factors impact on state of I&C industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 Micro and macroeconomic factors, and the unavailability of local skills in South Africa are key issues that contribute to the stifling of progress in various sectors within the instrumentation and control (I&C) industry, says the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control... 

Collective factors impact on state of I&C industry
ORATILE SEMATLE The SAIMC facilitates continuing professional development accreditations and has collaborated with international bodies to provide training and development expertise in the I&C industry

Company at forefront of Ethiopian coffee industry development

     11th March 2016 German multinational business solution company Bosch hosted the first International Coffee Processing and Packaging round table in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November. The round table featured representatives from United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido), several industrial and... 

Company at forefront of Ethiopian coffee industry development
COFFEE Ethiopia is believed to be the birthplace of coffee with one in every five citizens currently involved in the industry

Tiger Brands gets new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2016 JSE-listed Tiger Brands has appointed Lawrence MacDougall CEO. The company on Wednesday said it expected to communicate his effective date of employment by the end of March, while acting CEO Noel Doyle would continue his role until then. 

Tiger Brands gets new CEO
Tiger Brands incoming CEO Lawrence MacDougall

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